Canton in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John H. Reagan
Reagan came in 1839 to Nacogodoches, Texas, where he met with Martin Lacy, Indian agent for the Cherokee Tribe in present-day Cherokee and Smith Counties. He helped deliver a message from Texas President Mirabeau Lamar to the Cherokees, threatening force if the tribe did not move north of the Red River.
Reagan was assigned to Gen. Thomas J. Rusk's regiment of the Texas militia, which engaged the Cherokees in July 1839. The last skirmish was the Battle of the Neches, fought in today's Van Zandt County, resulting in the deaths of Chiefs Bowles and Big Mush, and the removal of the Cherokees to Indian Territory.
After his work with the militia, Reagan studied surveying, working in the Nacogdoches Land District. As part of his survey work, he petitioned the creation of Henderson, Van Zandt and Kaufman Counties, suggesting the names for each. Reagan also studied law and became a state representative
During the Civil War, Reagan served as Postmaster General for the Confederacy. He was captured and imprisoned, as was Pres. Jefferson Davis, in 1865. After returning to Palestine, Reagan was reelected to congress in 1875 and helped frame the 1876 Texas constitution. He served as U.S. Senator, 1887-1891, then became first Texas Railroad Commissioner, a position he held until 1903. He died in 1905 and was buried in Palestine.
V.Z. Hist. Comm.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12762.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1839.
Location. 32° 33.377′ N, 95° 51.797′ W. Marker is in Canton, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker is on South Buffalo Street (State Highway 198) south of East Dallas Street (State Highway 64), on the left when traveling south. Located on the west side of the courthouse square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 E Dallas St, Canton TX 75103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Van Zandt (a few steps from this marker); Isaac and Frances Van Zandt (a Site of 1896 Van Zandt County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Oran Milo Roberts (a few steps from this marker); Van Zandt County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Caldwell Walton Raines (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Tull, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canton Herald (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
Also see . . .
1. John Henninger Reagan. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on April 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. John Henninger Reagan. Wikipedia (Submitted on April 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 811 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 30, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. 2. submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. 3. submitted on April 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.